The City of Copperas Cove Job Analysis Form
Analyst: HR Dir./Fire Chief Date: March 2009
Job Title: Firefighter Address: 415 s Main St.
Schedule: 24 hrs. On/48 hrs. off Phone: (254)547-2514
Department: Fire – 44 FLSA: Non-Exempt
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE JOB:
Protect lives and property by extinguishing fires, attempting and assisting in rescues of all types, providing
emergency medical services and responding to all other emergency and non-emergency situations as needed,
conducting prevention activities and inspections. By virtue of position, establishes and maintains a
harmonious fire station environment with a diverse group of coworkers including reporting to duty as
expected in a punctual manner to ensure a constant state of readiness.
1. Reports to: Battalion Chief / Captain /Lieutenant
2. Directs: May provide direction to other department employees.
3. Other: Has frequent contact with other city employees; other fire agencies; state agencies; and the general public.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: e Strength Demand Code
1. Performs routine housekeeping duties on a daily basis in order to 20 L ABCDE
maintain a clean, safe, and orderly operational environment for the GHIJM
health, safety and well-being of the personnel. Normal rest and sleep OQRS
periods may be frequently interrupted.
2. Cleans, operates and maintains/tests apparatus equipment and hand 15 VH ACDEF
held power tools. Ensures response readiness to meet the needs of GHIJKL
the community by responding to alarms, mitigating emergencies, MOPQR
saving lives, and protecting property. S
Strength Column: S - Sedentary L - Light M - Medium H - Heavy VH - Very Heavy
Physical Demand Code:
A. Standing D. Lifting G. Reaching J. Kneeling M. Bending P. Balancing S. Talking
B. Sitting E. Carrying H. Handling K. Crouching N. Twisting Q. Vision T. Foot controls
C. Walking F. Pushing/Pulling I. Fine Dexterity L. Crawling O. Climbing R. Hearing U. Other
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: e Strength Demand Code
3. Provides emergency medical care to individuals who are in need of 15 H ACDEF
medical treatment due to illness or injury. GHIJM
4. Participates in training for personal development of mental and 15 H ABCDE
physical skills. To develop and maintain certifications, skills, and FGHIJK
knowledge as it relates to fire prevention, suppression, rescue and LMNOP
EMS care and skills. QRST
5. Interacts with a variety of people functioning under various 15 L ACQRS
emotional states (irrational, upset, or hostile) to disseminate and
obtain information regarding their situation. Develop community
relations and communicating fire safety awareness.
6. Extinguishes fires in wildland, high-rise, commercial and residential 5 VH ACDEF
buildings, and automobiles and other locations using appropriate GHIJKL
apparatus, tools, and techniques to protect lives, property and MNOPQ
environment. Performs salvage and overhaul operations using RST
appropriate tools to search for fire extension for the purpose of
saving/protecting life and property and to prevent rekindle.
Preserves and identifies cause and origin of fires by using visual,
olfactory, and auditory senses.
7. Inspects residential/commercial structures for fire hazards to ensure 5 L ACFGI
fire safety, and inspects hydrants for damage and proper operation ORS
for the purposes of ensuring readiness in fire suppression situations.
8. Performs rescues of trapped, injured, or incapacitated individuals 5 VH ACDEF
using tools, personal physical strength, and techniques to extricate GHIJKL
victims from vehicles, structures, and dangerous situations. MNOPQ
Conducts searches of residential and commercial buildings, RST
vehicles, outdoor area, and other objects using vision, touch,
hearing, and smell to find or detect potential victims, evidence, and
hazards for the purpose of rescue, mitigation, and the protection of
9. Provides protection for people, their rights, personal/business 5 L ACQRS
property and valuable at emergency sites in an honest and
trustworthy manner without abusing the authority of the integrity of
the position. Maintains confidentiality of sensitive information.
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ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: e Strength Demand Code
Overall Strength Demands:
_____ Sedentary _____ Light _____ Medium _____ Heavy __X__ Very Heavy
For each physical demand code listed:
C = Continuously F = Frequently O = Occasionally R = Rarely
A. Standing F G. Reaching F L. Crawling O Q. Vision C
B. Sitting O H. Handling F M. Bending F R. Hearing C
C. Walking F I. Fine Dexterity O N. Twisting F S. Talking C
D. Lifting F J. Kneeling F O. Climbing F T. Foot Controls O
E. Carrying F K. Crouching F P. Balancing F U. Other: Stamina O
F. Pushing/Pulling F O
This is a description of the way this job is currently performed; it does not address the potential for accommodation.
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Lifting/Carrying Lifts SCBA (Self-contained breathing apparatus) from ground to full extension of arms
Lift and drag for a distance of 100 feet a roll of 5" diameter hose.
Lift to waist level a roll of 5" diameter hose.
Drag a charged 2.5@ diameter hose 100 feel
Must lift to waist level: water manifold for 10 seconds; extension ladder for 30 seconds;
power saw for 2 minutes
Carry a ladder - up to 150 feet (24' extension ladder with helper)
Carry a smoke ejector/blower 100 feet without stopping
Lift and maintains lift under control for 1 minute a rescue tool at waist height
Drag a 175 lb victim 100 feet while wearing full fire protection gear
Lift and walk down 2 flights of stairs with a helper an ambulance stretcher with a 175 lb
Lift and walk up/down (navigate) a 35 degree steep incline with a helper an ambulance
stretcher with a 175 patient
Remove with a helper a 116 lb 36' extension ladder from the side of a fire truck at a height
of 6 feet
Move 6 feet across a floor a standard household couch while wearing protective
Manipulate with a helper a king size top mattress from a bedroom to the outside of a
structure while wearing protective firefighting gear
Hold a 1.75 inch fire hose while discharging 100 gallons per minute at 100 lbs per square
inch for 5 minutes.
Pulling a 5" hose from ground onto fire truck while on knees
Pull nailed 3/4 inch wallboard off the ceiling of a structure with a pike pole or closet hook
Open/close fire hydrant using appropriate tools
Use pike pole and closet hook overhead in continual motion for 1 minute
Pierce a 3/4 inch wallboard overhead with a closet hook tool while standing
Stoop over for periods up to 15 minutes while using a shovel or broom to clean burned
Bending/Crouching/C materials in a structure while wearing fire protection
Stoop and use ax with a chopping motion for 1 minute without stooping
Able to crawl on hands and knees a distance of 100 feet in full gear
Climb aboard a 15 foot high apparatus
Work at heights up to 150 feet without uncontrollable feelings of agoraphobia in areas
such as the open roof of high rise building, a tower, power poles, a 65 foot ladder and
other high areas
Work on a stepladder while using a power screwdriver to install an overhead smoke
Able to work in confined spaces without uncontrollable feelings of claustrophobia in areas
such as caves, tunnels, manholes, basements, ditches, collapsed buildings, culverts,
attics, smoke-filled rooms and other confined spaces in full gear
Able to scale/repel
Able to hear Personal Alert Device and SCBA low warning device at 90 decibels
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Hearing/Talking Able to communicate verbally to patients or victims to gain information pertinent to the
Able to communicate verbally using a hand held radio
Able to speak before a large group of people to give instructional classes or testimony in
Able to speak clearly and concisely under duress and remain calm in stressful situations
Able to converse with and instruct citizens in fire safety education
Able to read 12 point type on air gauge at 3 feet distance
Able to visually assess a structure and identify hazards and victims
Able to distinguish colors to access hazards and hazard warning labels
Able to visually survey situations near and far
Able to identify for hazardous materials by reading chemical labels
Able to use a computer and write using English with good grammar to fill out reports
Able to walk 1.5 miles in 30 minutes on various types of terrain
Able to manually tie and untie 1/4 inch diameter rope into knots
Able to deploy salvage covers by fully - extending arms overhead in a standing position
while holding on to salvage tarp with both hands (not sure what this is)
Able to tread water for 3 minutes without going under water
Able to swim 300 meters without stopping
Able treat each person equally in terms of race, ages, gender, social and cultural
Able to remain calm when confronted with an angry or emotional citizen
Machines, Tools, Equipment and Work Aids:
Chainsaws, smoke ejectors, generators, SCBA, axes, pike poles, ladders, ropes, hoses, deluge guns, halogen
tools, oxygen bottle, electrical cords, spanner wrenches, hydrant wrench, programmable radio, computer, and
Works outside in all weather conditions. Exposed to extreme heat during structure fires, vibrations from riding
in the truck and operating tools. Exposed to chemicals, exhaust, noise, power lines, smoke, flames, heat, unsafe
buildings, infectious diseases, unstable cars, distracted drivers and swift flowing water. All conditions may be
experienced without adequate rest.
Protective Equipment Required:
Steel toed boots, helmet, special gloves, coat, pants, helmet, visor, Nomex hood, SCBA, and personal flotation
Frequency Codes: F = Frequently O = Occasionally R - Rarely
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Time Pressures F Emergency Situations F
Noisy/Distracting Environment F Tedious Exacting Work O
Performing Multiple Tasks Simultaneously F Working Closely with Others As Part of a Team F
Danger/Physical Abuse O Irregular Schedule/Overtime O
Frequent Change of Tasks F Stress F
High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Basic Structural Firefighter. Certified by the Texas
Department of State Health Services as either an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, Intermediate or
Other Certificates and Licenses Required
Maintain a Texas driver's license Class B and acceptable driving record.
These certifications will be required within 12 months of hire date:
NIMS – ICS 100, 200, 700, 800
Public Safety Sensitive
Must read English language for training manuals, and other materials to maintain certification.
Must write English language. Composes incident reports and completes training examinations.
Standard calculations necessary for safety, training, and various rescue situations.
Ability to assess emergency situations calmly and to act safely, quickly, and appropriately in a variety of
Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, officials, and citizens in a variety of situations. Works for
extended periods of time in both emergency and routine assignments as part of an assigned crew of diverse
employees. Ability to cooperate as part of a team and to receive direction from crew leaders during stressful as
well as routine situations. Maintains calm, mature composure, emotional self-control and rational
cognitive/decision-making ability in dangerous situations or hazardous environments that are personally
offensive (cases of child abuse, child molestation, sexual assault, extreme trauma, or death, etc.) Or which
involve considerable stress, danger, personal risk, violence and hostility.
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Signatures - Review and Comment
I have reviewed this job analysis and its attachments and find it to be a fair description of the demands of this job.
1. Kelli Sames _________________________ ______________
Human Resources Director Signature Date
2. _________________________ ______________
Fire Chief Signature Date
3. Employee _________________________ ______________
Copperas Cove Fire Department Employment Process
Firefighter Pre-requisites - Potential candidates need to meet certain Firefighter Prerequisites to be considered
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for employment with the City of Copperas Cove Fire Department.
Be a United States citizen;
Be at least 21 years of age;
Be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalence diploma;
Possess a current driver’s license;
Honorable discharge if ever in the military;
Certified or Certifiable Firefighter in the State of Texas.
Texas EMT Basic mandatory, Texas Paramedic/National Registry preferred.
Qualities of a Desirable Firefighter/Paramedic
motivation to serve effective communication skills
physical, mental, emotional health ability to exercise sound judgment
strong sense of responsibility compassion (even when stressed)
ability to work as team member strong worth ethic / tolerance
honesty and integrity problem-solving skills
• Step 1: Application Materials
Candidates complete and turn in all required application materials to the City of Copperas Cove Human
• Step 2: Physical Ability Test
The Physical Ability Test consists of a series of events that simulate firefighting activities.
Although the evaluation utilizes activities that may be performed on the fire ground, the tasks are not specifically
skill oriented. No special knowledge is required to be able to successfully complete all tasks. The time limit for
the completion of tasks 1 – 10 is 13.00 minutes. The following are in no particular order.
Aerial Ladder Climb Task – Separate task/ pass or fail
Large Diameter Hose (LDH) Deployment Equipment Carry
Ventilation/Forcible Entry Stair climb
Victim Search Extension Ladder/Equipment Raise
Ladder deployment Rescue Manikin Drag/ Carry
2.5 inch Supply/Attack Hose Assembly and Deployment
1.75 inch Charged Attack Line Deployment and Fire Stream Manipulation
Candidates exceeding time limit will be dismissed from further consideration.
• Step 3: Written Test
The written test generally consists of multiple-choice questions designed to test abilities important to the
performance of the firefighter's job, such as memory, visualization, and reasoning.
• Step 4: Oral Board Examination
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The Oral Board Examination is designed to measure a candidate's ability in several different areas: verbal
comprehension and verbal expression, reasoning, fluency of ideas, and originality.
Candidates that successfully complete the first four steps are placed on a Firefighter Eligibility List, which
remains in effect for approximately 12 months or until such time as the list is dissolved by the Fire Chief.
• Step 5: Thorough and Extensive Background Investigation
The background packet will be filled out and returned to the Human Recourses Department. Packets will be
given to investigators for extensive reference/background checks.
• Step 6: Conditional Offer of Employment
The Department makes a conditional offer of employment contingent on completion of a satisfactory pre-
employment medical examination(s) at the City's occupational health provider.
• Step 7: Polygraph Test
Candidate will be given a time to meet with an independent agency to perform this test. The Polygraph test
consists of a series of questions designed to assess a candidate's integrity and character.
• Step 8: Psychological Test
Candidate will be given a time to meet with an independent agency to perform this test. The Psychological test
consists of a series of questions designed to assess a candidate's motivational, value-related, and attitudinal
• Step 9: Physical Exam and Drug Test
Candidate will be give times to meet with an independent agency to perform these tests.
• Step 10: Final Job Offer
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Copperas Cove will make every reasonable
effort to accommodate your needs. For any special requests, please call the Human resources Department at 254-
The City of Copperas Cove is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis
of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, age, or disability in hiring, conditions, or termination
DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND ACCURACY OF DATA. The information contained herein is merely
an informal summary of the process. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding the accuracy,
adequacy, completeness, reliability or usefulness of the information. Should you have any questions regarding
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the recruitment and hiring process for the City of Copperas Cove Fire Department, please direct your inquiry to
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